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Love & Relationships

By now we know it takes vulnerability to establish long-lasting and healthy relationships of all kinds. For someone like me, who is aware of this but a hot mess when it comes to execution, this is easier said than done. So, I spoke to a professional on tangible tips to explore my vulnerable side. India Douglas, LMSW works at a school in Brooklyn, New York teaching underserved kids the fundamentals when it comes to understanding feelings.

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Tika Sumpter is finally giving up the details about her Mexican wedding getaway. The actress wed her The Haves and Have Nots co-star Nicholas James on May 14, 2022, after meeting back in 2015 on the set of the Tyler Perry series. In an exclusive interview with Brides for their third digital issue of the year, Tika gave a play-by-play of her adults-only destination wedding. The couple settled on getting married in the popular tourist city, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico after reflecting on the beautiful experience they had visiting the beach town in 2016 during their babymoon. The couple shares a 5-year-old daughter named Ella.

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Will Packer’s series Ready To Love is back and this time it’s getting muy caliente. The sixth season of Ready To Love headed down to Miami for some sun, sand, and romance. Twenty melanated singles, 10 women and 10 men come together to fall in love and find their soulmates in this social experiment. With host Tommy Miles as their guide, the cast members have to step out of their comfort zones and build connections with others in order to truly find their perfect match or weed out the ones that aren’t committed to the process. In the premiere episode, the cast comes together to mix and mingle at a pool party in a luxurious mansion. While people start trickling into the party, the connections began forming.

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Relationships can be complicated, this is for certain! But, they get even more complicated when we keep trying to go with the flow of societal norms rather than doing what feels good to both ourselves and our partner(s). Yes, this is easier said than done and it also requires us to acknowledge limiting beliefs that we may hold about ourselves and our relationships. Fortunately, more and more people push the boundaries and norms in order to create a relationship that is tailored to the couple in it rather than greater society. We hear of more couples opening their relationships to polyamory (not to be confused with polygamy) and actively choosing not to have children and so much more.

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I’ll be turning 30 soon and the one thing that always gets me gleeful is how much change my generation has seen in such a small time frame. Day-to-day life, technology, and the growth in how we view sexuality have all shifted vastly in such a short time. Outside of walking to the corner store for a full bag of chips at only 25 cents, I remember my school giving away those translucent Apple computers aka Macintoshes before Apple was Apple. I remember dialing up on the internet. And though I was too young to partake in conversations with the adults on subjects such as sexuality, I can also tell there’s been a shift in the way it is discussed.

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I don’t know about you, but the natural scent of a man just does something to me. Ladies, you know what I mean too. But what if your natural scent can make a man more attracted to you or get the attention of that one person you’ve been secretly crushing on? And when I say your natural scent, I am talking about the natural scent of your vagina. According to the latest TikTok trend, there is some type of truth to this and it's called vabbing. A mix between the word "vagina" and "dabbing," influencer and fashion writer Mandy Lee’s (@oldloserinbrooklyn) video about vabbing has gone viral with over 1.5 million views. TikTok users are swearing that vabbing is working for their dating life too.

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